Paying with Timecards
We've made paying hourly and non-exempt salaried employees easy.
To pay your hourly employees, navigate to Payments on your main dashboard and click "Timecards."
Your account is set up so that admins enter hours on behalf of hourly & non-exempt salaried employees by default. If you’d like your employees to submit their own hours directly to Justworks, you can enable Employee Timecard Entry, which we’ll cover in the following sections.
From this view, you'll see tabs for timecards that have not been started, any drafts you may have saved, and timecards you've already approved.
You can enter and edit your employees’ hours until 2:00pm ET on the day we process your timecards. If you miss this deadline, you’ll have to schedule off-cycle payments to these employees.
To save or approve an employee’s hours click the ‘Edit Hours’ button in the top right of the timecard.
You can enter hours by week or by day. Use the toggle in the upper right to switch between the two ways of entering hours.
Once you’ve entered hours, you can either save the timecard in progress so that you can add additional hours later, or simply hit 'approve'. You will be able to re-approve timecards as many times as you wish before processing.
Enabling Employee Timecard Entry
If you would like your employees to enter their own hours, you can enable employee timecard entry in Justworks.
To do so, select ‘Enable employee timecard entry’ in the upper right corner of the above dashboard.
Please note that employee entry is not available for those who are on a weekly pay frequency.
When employee timecard entry is enabled, admins see employees’ timecards split up into four tabs:
- Not Started - Contains timecards that have not had any hours saved by the employee or entered by their manager or admin.
- Saved Drafts - Contains timecards for any hourly employees who have saved hours in their timecards, but have not submitted their hours to their admin for approval,
- Ready for Approval - Contains timecards that have been submitted by employees for approval.
- Approved - Contains timecards that have been approved.
Timecards can be edited even after they have been approved up until the payroll deadline at 2:00PM EST on the day Justworks processes your timecards. Hourly employees are notified via email when their hours are edited and/or approved.
Adjusting for Overtime
If your employees are entering their own hours, you will need to adjust the employees’ timecards to account for overtime hours worked. You'll see this reminder once navigating to the Timecards tab from your Justworks account as well.
When employee timecard entry is enabled and the employee works more than the standard 40 hours in one week, the employee will enter all hours worked into their timecards, like so:
Once the employee has submitted their timecard, you must manually enter/adjust any overtime hours by using the ‘+Add Overtime’ button on the timecard:
If you make an adjustment to add overtime hours, be sure to update the number of regular hours accordingly where necessary (to ensure there are no overpayments).
Automatically Synced PTO In Timecards
If employees have had PTO requests approved from policies that have the 'Timecard Sync' setting enabled, admins will see those hours automatically in said employees' timecards, so long as those timecards are not already approved.
To illustrate, if Kathleen has saved hours for the first four days of the pay period, like so:
Then has PTO hours approved for Friday, 10/30:
Those 8 hours will automatically be added to her timecard:
Timecards that only have synced PTO hours on them will show under the Saved Draft tab from the admin view, regardless of whether employee timecard entry is enabled or not.
If employee timecard entry is enabled, your hourly employees also have the option to save their hours into their timecards tab throughout the pay period. You’ll see any of the hours they’ve entered during the pay period under the ‘Saved Drafts’ tab.
Employees will be able to save their timecards as many times as they like until the processing time. Even if they never hit ‘submit’ on their end, you’ll be able to click into ‘edit hours’ and approve them prior to processing.
If you take no action, however, they will not be paid out with the rest of the approved timecards and you’ll need to schedule an off-cycle payment for those hours.
Admins will receive email reminders after the pay period ends, and on the day hours are due, letting you know who, if anyone, still needs hours entered for that pay period. If employee timecard entry is enabled, that email will specify which employees haven’t submitted their timecards, who is waiting for approval, and whose timecard is complete.
If an employee (or you) has not entered their hours on time, they will not be paid through regular payroll for that pay period. In that event, off-cycle payments will need to be scheduled to all regularly and overtime hours that employees worked during the pay period.
You can give managers the ability to fill out, submit, and approve timecards for their direct reports and extended teams. You can set up Manager Timecard Permissions by going to the ‘Permissions’ tab from the left-hand menu in your Justworks account, clicking on the ‘Manager Permissions’ tab at the top of the screen, and enabling ‘Manage Employee Timecards.'
Managers who have this permission will not be able to make other payments, or approve timecards of those who are not in their reporting chain.
Contractors cannot be paid on an hourly basis
Only employees can be paid on an hourly basis.
Hourly & non-exempt salaried employees are paid on Fridays
In order to simplify overtime calculation and processing, hourly and non-exempt salaried employees must be paid on a weekly or biweekly basis. All hourly employees will receive their payments on a Friday of the week after the pay period ends, or earlier if a holiday falls on Friday. Hours must be entered by 2:00PM EST four business days prior to pay day.
You can specify multiple rates when paying hourly employees
You can specify a base rate for each employee, which is the default rate used whenever hourly pay is scheduled. However, when you schedule an hourly payment, you may enter multiple rates beyond the employee’s base rate, like Overtime and Double Time, or another rate you might need.
If you have multiple pay rates for an employee, you can change the base rate, the Overtime and Double Time rates will automatically re-calculate.
It's important to note that everything is entered in hours, for example:
.30 = 18 minutes
.50 = 30 minutes
.75 = 45 minutes
Timecards for hourly employees that were either saved or submitted but not approved will not automatically be processed or rescheduled. Instead, the admin of the account will have to schedule an off-cycle payment for their employee from the 'Make a Payment' tool.
The time entered for that employee, though, will still be stored under the 'Not Processed' tab for the applicable pay period.
Timecards that had no time saved or submitted will not be shown from this tab.
You can switch an employee's pay basis from salaried to hourly
Admins with the proper permissions can find the 'Change Compensation' button on the top of an employee's profile. You can also access this workflow from the Job Information tab, and hitting 'Edit' from the Compensation section. From the following screen, you'll be able to change the employees Pay Basis to "salary" or "hourly".
In the case that you switch an employee from hourly to salary, you will still be prompted to enter hours for the previous pay periods until the effective date of the new "salary" status.
Paying non-exempt salaried employees
Your non-exempt salaried employees will also be paid through Timecards, making it easier to track and pay any overtime hours. These employees will be on the same pay schedule as your hourly employees.
If you need to record any overtime hours worked for a non-exempt salaried employee, you’ll have to enter in regular hours worked as well.
Justworks does not have time tracking capabilities
We do not track time; however, we recommend platforms such as Tsheets and Boomr to do so. You can also check out our Employer's Compliance Starter Guide articles for more information on payments and compliance.
This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, legal or tax advice. If you have any legal or tax questions regarding this content or related issues, then you should consult with your professional legal or tax advisor.